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UKOG submit revised papers for Isle of Wight exploratory oil wells: Now open for comments

Field where the exploratory oil wells will be

The final plans have been submitted with changes to several parts of the application. Full details within

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 2:35pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

IWC taking legal action, but who is responsible for the design of Floating Bridge 6?

Cowes floating bridge getting chained

The company being named by the Isle of Wight council as the "designer" of Cowes Floating Bridge 6 has previously claimed they were "not responsible for the design"

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 12:20pm

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Weekly update of Isle of Wight Covid-19 figures: Positive tests, deaths, age breakdown and hospitalisations

weekly testing for care staff

News OnTheWight shares the weekly results of confirmed positive Coronavirus tests and deaths on the Isle of Wight, as well as hospital admissions and age breakdowns

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 11:29am

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Weld blown on Cowes Floating Bridge: Service to be suspended

floating bridge suspended September 2019

The saga of Floating Bridge 6 continues with yet another failure, causing the bridge to be suspended

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 9:18am

By Sally Perry with 5 readers' comments

Our Island and Flatpack Democracy on the Isle of Wight

Our Island announces an online presentation from the founder of the Flatpack Democracy movement, Peter Macfadyen. Details of what that means within

Tuesday, 19th January, 2021 8:28am

By Jonathan Bacon with 16 readers' comments

Motocross launch appeal against decision by Isle of Wight Council’s planning department

Motoxiow track

In his appeal, Mr Collins said the national motocross body had ‘never experienced this level of obstruction’ from a local council

Monday, 18th January, 2021 5:44pm

By Louise Hill, Local Democracy Reporter with 4 readers' comments

Update on daily number of Isle of Wight positive Coronavirus tests and deaths

Covid home test laid out on a table

See today's update on the number of positive Covid-19 tests and deaths on the Isle of Wight. There's some positive news on the trend of positive tests

Monday, 18th January, 2021 5:11pm

By Sally Perry with 3 readers' comments

Post Office still seeking someone to take on Newport vacancy before branch closes next month

The exterior of Newport Co-op

Until someone can be found to take on a Post Office in Newport, customers will have to visit alternative branches

Monday, 18th January, 2021 3:27pm

By Sally Perry with 4 readers' comments

Four free e-bikes on offer to support key workers during lockdown

key worker with e-bike

There are four e-bikes available. Key workers need to explain how it will help them to start cycling to work. The strongest applications will receive an e-bike on loan

Monday, 18th January, 2021 2:23pm

By IW Council Press Office

Solent LEP sets out support available for Isle of Wight businesses

Brian Johnson Solent LEP

Solent LEP have developed a range of specific programmes, funding streams, on-line events and toolkits, in addition to their usual business support services

Monday, 18th January, 2021 11:33am

By Hannah Bergman-Brown

Appeal for town, parish and community councils to support the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Isle of Wight CND are calling on local councils to create Nuclear Ban Communities and support the Treaty on on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons

Monday, 18th January, 2021 11:16am

By Isle of Wight CND with 4 readers' comments

Calling all unpaid carers: CQC want to hear your feedback

man in mask and surgical hat

Both positive and negative feedback is welcome from unpaid carers who provide care and support to family members, friends and neighbours, that may be affected by a disability, physical or mental ill-health, frailty or substance misuse

Monday, 18th January, 2021 10:55am

By Angela Clark